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They Invented What? (No. 137)

Posted in They Invented What? by Jake Ward on May 6, 2009

U.S. Pat. No. 6,743,460:  Tomato raisin. 

What is claimed is:
1. A method of producing a tomato raisin, comprising:
     (a) removing the skin from a grape tomato to produce a skinless grape tomato; and

     (b) drying said skinless grape tomato to produce a tomato raisin.

2. The method of claim 1 wherein said grape tomato is frozen prior to removing the skin from the grape tomato to form a frozen grape tomato.

3. The method of claim 2 wherein said frozen grape tomato is thawed by exposing said grape tomato to steam or warm water at a temperature less than 100 C. for a time sufficient to thaw said frozen grape tomato.

4. The method of claim 1 wherein said skin is removed by treating said grape tomato with lye or steam for a time sufficient to remove said peel.

5. The method of claim 2 wherein said skin is removed by treating said frozen tomato with water at a temperature less than 100 C. to remove said skin from said frozen tomato.

6. The method of claim 1 wherein said skinless grape tomato is dried to around 8% to about 16% water content.

7. The method of claim 1 wherein said skin is scored or nicked prior to removal.

8. A tomato raisin produced by the process of claim 1.

9. The tomato raisin of claim 8 wherein said tomato raisin is sliced after drying.

10. A food product comprising the tomato raisin of claim 8.

11. A dried, skinless grape tomato having from 8% to about 16% water content.

12. The grape tomato of claim 11 wherein said tomato is sliced.

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